Southern California Insurance Broker Charged With Stealing

January 22, 2009

Insurance Broker Craig Randall, 51, of Porter Ranch, Calif., has been arrested and charged with 13 felony counts for theft of funds and forgery. If convicted, Randall could face up to six years in prison.

Randall, owner of EZ Discount Insurance Services Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., allegedly collected at least $30,922 from 13 victims who sought to purchase commercial general liability insurance from September 2007 to July 2008, the Department of Insurance reported. After he collected premium payments from clients, Randall allegedly failed to submit the payments to insurance companies. Instead, he purportedly pocketed the money for personal use. On two separate occasions Randall allegedly submitted bogus certificates of insurance to make it appear that the businesses were insured. As a result of this purported theft, at least one victim suffered an uninsured loss, and many others were exposed to uninsured losses. CDI investigators were able to seize more than $4,000 during the course of their investigation, to be held for possible restitution to victims.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.

Source: CDI

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